Category Archives: Industrial and Systems Engineering

Planning for the Future

Alvin Chaney

Alvin Chaney,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 1 December 2019

It is my senior year at OHIO! Like most seniors, my course load is primarily comprised of 4000-level classes like ISE 4120—Inventory & Manufacturing Control I (engineering) and ET 4950—Robe Leadership Institute Seminar (leadership).

However, I also took a 2000-level class—UC 2900—Post-Baccalaureate Preparation—which is required for all Office of Multicultural Student Access and Retention (OMSAR) scholarship recipients. The purpose of the class is to prepare scholars for post-graduation through personal development assignments, assigned readings, class discussions, and short presentations.

The class met weekly for eight weeks, and as a result, I learned the importance of planning for the future, whether preparing to enter the workforce or preparing for post-secondary education (e.g. law school, medical school, graduate school, etc.).

Additionally, each assignment helped me map out my dreams and aspirations on paper, instead of keeping them all in my head. Simply put, “if I can see it, then I can achieve it.” For example, one of my assignments was a Spring Plan, which outlined my last two semesters at OHIO and transformed them into action item lists. This is a transferable skill which I will use next semester, next year, and for the rest of my life. Overall, this class helped personally and professionally—I am grateful I took this class!

All the Activities Around Athens

Hope Bowden

Hope Bowden,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 20 October 2019

Athens, OH may be a small town, but we have so many things to do around campus as well as the surrounding area.

My favorite thing I have done during my time in Athens has been zip lining in Hocking Hills. My roommate worked there for several summers and was able to have me join her one day. I loved being able to see the beauty of the Hocking Hills while also trying something new.

Zip Lining

It was not easy for me to do at first, since I am very afraid of heights, but after I started flying through the trees, it was impossible not to love every second of it. It was so much fun to see the leaves changing colors around me.

Another favorite thing of mine is going hiking. OU is right next to Stroud’s Run State Park which is the perfect place for hiking or a picnic with friends or family. They have plenty of trails so you never can get bored when you go to visit. It is about a 5 minute drive from campus and is the perfect place to go on a sunny day.

Stroud's Run

Athens has plenty of other fun things to do when the weather is not so great. We have concerts as well as some musicals that come to town very often. This semester Jersey Boys will be performed on campus and I cannot wait to see it.

There is something to do here for every interest whether that is going bowling, hiking, kayaking, fishing, seeing interesting movies uptown, or anything else one could think of.

Enjoying OU Homecoming 2019

Alvin Chaney

Alvin Chaney,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 16 October 2019

Ohio University Homecoming Week is a unique sight for students to see Bobcat Alumni, young and old, convene and reminisce on their times at OHIO. The weekend was filed with sunshine and few clouds, though a bit chilly, which did not prevent Bobcats from showing their school spirit.

This year’s theme, 1804 & So Much More, highlighted OHIO’s rich history, timeless traditions, and lifelong bonds. Some of these traditions include our annual Homecoming Parade. To students, this is a great way of building new relationships and visualize OHIO from the stories and memories of alumni. After hearing these stories, I felt bittersweet, because it was my last Homecoming as a student.

I worked the Homecoming Tailgate as an Engineering Ambassador. Our primary function was to meet and greet with Russ College alumni and their families.

OU Homecoming Tailgate

I enjoyed the conversations I had with everybody I talked to. It was truly a reunion—I conversed with former Engineering Ambassadors, members of the Ohio Alumni Association, staff, Dean Wei, President Nellis, and even Mayor Patterson!

OU Homecoming Tailgate

Even though I am a Senior, I plan to continue serving OHIO post-graduation in any of the alumni associations. I cannot wait to return to my next Homecoming as an alumnus! Go Bobcats!

Summer Internship at FedEx

Hope Bowden

Hope Bowden,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 10 September 2019

This summer I finished my final co-op rotation with FedEx Ground in Coraopolis, PA. This experience has been one I will never forget. It gave me a chance to gain experience in a field I did not expect to have any interest in. Currently, the transportation is booming due to e-commerce and the rapid growth of Amazon. For this reason, I had the chance to see a wide variety of changes happening quickly.

When I first began this co-op in January of 2018, the company was not even close to thinking about delivering 6 days a week, and now we are beginning to roll out 7 day delivery by January 1st!

My favorite project that I had the chance to work on dealt with Hazardous Materials. I had a chance to work with people from several different departments and gain experience with data analysis. It helped me discover that I want to eventually gain a certificate in data science.

FedEx Internship

This project also gave me a chance to visit the FedEx world HQ in Memphis, TN. During that visit, I had the chance to watch the hazardous waste disposal process and tour the World Hub and see inside one of our 747 jets.

FedEx Internship

I could not be more thankful for this experience. I loved being able to try new things and learn more about what I want to do after I graduate!

Summer SWEL Internship

Alvin Chaney

Alvin Chaney,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 8 September 2019

I had a unique summer for an engineering student. I was selected for the Summer Work Experience in Law (SWEL) Program and was the only engineering student of the 38 SWEL Scholars. Since 1988, the SWEL program has given Scholars insight to help them decide about attending law school and entering the legal profession.

Through the SWEL Program, I was assigned to work at Graydon, Head, and Ritchey LLP and the Northern Kentucky (NKY) Chamber of Commerce. On Mondays and Tuesdays, I worked at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, I worked at Graydon. On Fridays, the Scholars had legal class work at the Cincinnati Bar Association.

Summer SWEL Internship

Although I had numerous new experiences as an engineering student, there is one assignment where I was completely outside of my comfort zone, which was the SWELTalks. The SWEL Talks are very similar to TED Talks; each of the rising juniors and seniors had to give a 7-11 minute no-notes speech on an assigned topic.

My topic was “Are you for or against law enforcement using Amazon’s Facial Recognition Software?” I chose against; and the experience was exhilarating. I presented my topic to fellow SWEL Scholars, the founder of the program, and the president of the program. The Scholars received feedback from the audience on five categories: Originality, Organization, Presentation, Knowledge of Material, and Composure.

I have to say that all of my four years at OHIO prepared me for that moment; from classes like COMS 1030 (Public Speaking) to organizations like Presidential Leadership Society and Engineering Ambassadors. Yes, the experience moved me out of my comfort zone, however, looking back on it, I had a wonderful and unique summer and I would not have changed it for the world.